West Coast 2009 Rankings: PFs

There's been quite a bit of movement in the West Coast 2009 power forward rankings in the last year. Victor Rudd, CULA recruit Brendan Lane, UCLA-committed Reeves Nelson and Vander Joaquim are among the top prospects...

The power forward position in the west for 2009 looks a lot better than it did a year ago, as numerous prospects have started to emerge. Rudd gets a slight edge for the top spot due to his overall skill level, impressive athleticism and very high upside. If Rudd can learn to play with consistent focus and intensity, he will be one of the elite prospects in the country. Lane is right behind at number two and he has a chance to end up at the top of the list. Lane has the ability to play inside and on the perimeter. He's got good feet and hands, to go with a frame that should fill out well. Joaquim is originally from Angola and he's still adjusting to the American game. However, he's got a ton of potential, due to his body, athleticism and ball skills. Nelson is one of the better rebounders in the class and he gets a lot of points around the basket. Williams is a versatile forward who can score inside, but also knock down shots out to 15-17 feet.

1) Victor Rudd, 6-8, Van Nuys (Calif.) High
2) Brendan Lane, 6-9, Rocklin (Calif.) High
3) Vander Joaquim, 6-9, El Cajon (Calif.) Christian
4) Reeves Nelson, 6-6, Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian  UCLA
5) Derrick Williams, 6-7, La Mirada (Calif.) High
6) D'Angelo Scott, 6-7, Lynwood (Calif.) High
7) Devonte Elliott, 6-7, Paramount (Calif.) High
8) David Wear, 6-8, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei  North Carolina
9) Travis Wear, 6-8, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei North Carolina
10) Niyi Harrison, 6-7, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep  Santa Clara


OTHER POWER FORWARDS OF NOTE:


D'Sean Anderson, 6-6, Inglewood (Calif.) High
Nate Austin, 6-8, Highland (Utah) Lone Peak
Colin Borchert, 6-8, Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge
Andy Brown, 6-7, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Tony Freeland, 6-5, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont
Robert Mandingo, 6-4, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Felix Mapanda, 6-4, Modesto (Calif.) Patterson
Alex Osborne, 6-6, West Hollywood (Calif.) Pacific Hills
Damon Powell, 6-5, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
Marcus Ruppel, 6-6, Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley
D.J. Shelton, 6-7, Bakersfield (Calif.) East Bakersfield
Alec Williams, 6-5, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra

 


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